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Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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The great national epic of Persia — the most complete English-language edition.

Wherever Persian influence has spread, the stories of the Shahnameh become deeply embedded in the culture, as their appearance in such novels as The Kite Runner amply attests. Among the greatest works of world literature, this prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the Shahnameh is nothing less than magnificent. Now one of the greatest translators of Persian poetry, Dick Davis, presents Ferdowsi's masterpiece in an elegant combination of prose and verse.

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"Composed more than a thousand years ago, this national epic of Persia tells the story of Iran from the first 'lord of the world,' Kayumars, through the seventh-century Arab/Islamic conquest of the Sassanid dynasty. With a foreword by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, and illustrated with Persian lithographs, Davis's translation of this epic poem is an accessible combination of poetry and prose." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The 'Shahnameh' is the great epic of ancient Persia, opening with the creation of the universe and closing with the Arab Muslim conquest of the worn-out empire in the 7th century. In its pages, the 11th-century poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi chronicles the reigns of a hundred kings, the exploits of dozens of epic heroes and the seemingly never-ending conflict between early Iran and its traditional enemy,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"One...of the world's great stories, in immensely attractive and reader-friendly form. Essential reading." Kirkus Reviews

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"Davis's wonderful translation will show Western readers why Ferdowsi's masterpiece is one of the most revered and most beloved classics in the Persian world." Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

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"A magnificent accomplishment...[Davis's translation] is not only the fullest representation of Ferdowsi's masterpiece in English but the best." The New York Sun

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"The Shahnameh has much in common with the blood-soaked epics of Homer and with Paradise Lost and The Divine Comedy....[An] exquisite blend of poetry and prose." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The great national epic of Persia—the most complete English-language edition

Wherever Persian influence has spread, the stories of the Shahnameh become deeply embedded in the culture, as their appearance in such novels as The Kite Runner amply attests. Among the greatest works of world literature, this prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the Shahnameh is nothing less than magnificent. Now one of the greatest translators of Persian poetry, Dick Davis, presents Ferdowsi’s masterpiece in an elegant combination of prose and verse.

Synopsis:

The great national epic of Persia—the most complete English-language edition

Wherever Persian influence has spread, the stories of the Shahnameh become deeply embedded in the culture, as their appearance in such novels as The Kite Runner amply attests. Among the greatest works of world literature, this prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the Shahnameh is nothing less than magnificent. Now one of the greatest translators of Persian poetry, Dick Davis, presents Ferdowsi’s masterpiece in an elegant combination of prose and verse.

About the Author

Abolqasem Ferdowsi was born in Khorasan in a village near Tus in 940. His great epic, Shahnameh, was originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan. Ferdowsi died around 1020 in poverty.

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143104933
Author:
Abolqasem Ferdowsi and Dick Davis
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Davis, Dick
Foreword by:
Nafisi, Azar
Foreword:
Nafisi, Azar
Author:
Davis, Dick
Author:
Ferdowsi, Abolqasem
Author:
Nafisi, Azar
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
8.43x5.61x1.57 in. 2.05 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Composed more than a thousand years ago, this national epic of Persia tells the story of Iran from the first 'lord of the world,' Kayumars, through the seventh-century Arab/Islamic conquest of the Sassanid dynasty. With a foreword by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, and illustrated with Persian lithographs, Davis's translation of this epic poem is an accessible combination of poetry and prose." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "One...of the world's great stories, in immensely attractive and reader-friendly form. Essential reading."
"Review" by , "Davis's wonderful translation will show Western readers why Ferdowsi's masterpiece is one of the most revered and most beloved classics in the Persian world."
"Review" by , "A magnificent accomplishment...[Davis's translation] is not only the fullest representation of Ferdowsi's masterpiece in English but the best."
"Review" by , "The Shahnameh has much in common with the blood-soaked epics of Homer and with Paradise Lost and The Divine Comedy....[An] exquisite blend of poetry and prose."
"Synopsis" by ,
The great national epic of Persia—the most complete English-language edition

Wherever Persian influence has spread, the stories of the Shahnameh become deeply embedded in the culture, as their appearance in such novels as The Kite Runner amply attests. Among the greatest works of world literature, this prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the Shahnameh is nothing less than magnificent. Now one of the greatest translators of Persian poetry, Dick Davis, presents Ferdowsi’s masterpiece in an elegant combination of prose and verse.

"Synopsis" by ,
The great national epic of Persia—the most complete English-language edition

Wherever Persian influence has spread, the stories of the Shahnameh become deeply embedded in the culture, as their appearance in such novels as The Kite Runner amply attests. Among the greatest works of world literature, this prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the Shahnameh is nothing less than magnificent. Now one of the greatest translators of Persian poetry, Dick Davis, presents Ferdowsi’s masterpiece in an elegant combination of prose and verse.

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